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Hello, this might be my last post in this blog. The wonderful Ria Ritchey is designing a website for me. It is up, but is only in the bare bones stage while she works on some extras like a contact page, importing this blog to the blog on the website and adding some photos. So here are 13 things about my new website:

1. The first thing is the web addy: www.maddybarone.com

2. I like my tagline: “Unlock Your Imagination” It covers more than just paranormal romance, since almost any book involves using your imagination. Someday I’d like top write other types of stories besides erotic romance.

3. The door with its iron scrollwork sits in mist, making me think of dreams, and the key hanging by my name hopefully invites the visitor to unlock the door.

4. I want visitors to feel like they can let go of everyday life and relax with my stories.

5. My “About Me” page may have to change. I’ve decided that a list of facts isn’t very interesting.

6. I haven’t gotten the final cover art for my book yet, so my “Books” page isn’t very inviting. I hope when I get the cover art it will immediatly draw the reader in.

7. I would like a side bars on every page. On the Home page I’d like to have my book with a purchase link in a sidebar so the visitor doesn’t HAVE to click every tab to find the important things.

8. I need to learn how to maintain and update my website myself.

9. I need ideas for what should be on my home page.

10. I need to know how often I should update the website.

11. I wonder how much does a website help an author sell books? Is it important?

12. I wonder if there is a way for me to add moire pages under my Books page in the future. Hopefully I’ll have a whole bunch of books on there someday.

13. I’m very excited to have a website!!

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All my life I have loved cats. I currently have three, all girls — er, that is, they were girls. They are all spayed, and two of them are declawed, and all three were rescues. They can sometimes be evil. They are cats, after all. But they are so precious to me. Like most doting parents I have a whole collection of pictures to brag over. So I have pulled out 13 of my favorite pictures of my babies to share.

1. Here is a pic of all three together. It was an historic event.

2. This is the Merry Miaow, my first born. She was a teeny little ball of white fluff with a gray splotch on her headwhen I got her. She is sweet, but shy. I’ve had her about 7 years.      

3. This is Black Magic Cat. She was almost skin and bones when I got her.  She has fattened up nicely. I keep telling her she can quit gaining weight  now. Her coat was mangy and dull and she had sores. Now she’s shiny and healthy, and the most friendly cat I’ve ever had. She’s 6 or 7. Not sure how old she was when I got her, but probably about 2 years old.

4.     This is Little Bit only a couple weeks after I got her. Her real name is Masuku, which is Japenese for Mask.  She was born in a state park and she and her siblings were caught and brought to the rescue house where I was asked to foster her and get her socialized  for adoption. Yeah. You can see how that turned out. I’ve had her three years now. She is extremely skittish and I have friends who have spent hours at my place but have never seen her.

5.  She loves Christmas. Silent Night, Sleep in Heavenly Peace is more than just a song for her 🙂 

6.  Merry is very fond of all my crafts. She especially loves knitting and spinning, but sewing is close behind.  She insists on sitting, laying, sprawling on my fabric and generously donating as much hair as possible to each and every project I do.

7.  Merry and Little Bit with sleep together.

                                                              8. And Magic and Little Bit will sleep together.   9. But this is the closest Magic and Merry will get to each other.    

10.  But Magic and Little Bit are good buddies.

11. They even sit in the window together, a lovely sillouette, if only that silly cat wouldn’t have turned her head…

12. Sometimes Merry likes to keep to herself. She’s a bit of a diva.

13. But that is nothing compared to Little Bit’s ego. She’s a real Prima Donna.

There. Thirteen images of my cats for Thursday 13! Ain’t they cute?  Do you have any beloved pets?

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…When They Learned I Was Going to Be Published.

1. I didn’t know you were a writer.

2. How much do you have to pay to be published?

3. I’ve always wanted to write book.

4. When is it coming out?

5. Who is the publisher?

6. That guy on the cover isn’t wearing very many clothes.

7. How much money will you make?

8. I like to write but I don’t have time.

9. Are you going to quit your job?

10. I’m so proud of you.

11. How long did it take you to write it?

12. If I buy it will you sign it for me?

13. Hey, I can say my friend is a published author!

What things have people said to you? Some things have been sweet and some things have been downright insulting. I didn’t include the sneers about romance or epublishing.

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I’m a person who likes to make things. Maybe it’s part of being a writer, but I like to create. I knit. I make costumes. I sew. I spin. I weave. So for this week’s Thursday 13, I wanted to share with you the things I’ve made this year.

1. Some yarn my knitting group hand dyed.

2. A 1920s style cloche hat that I knitted and then felted. 

3. A 16th Century silk taffeta kirtle. An over gown of navy blue trimmed with black velvet will be worn over this. See the example on the right.

4. A knitted shawl, working woman’s faroese style

5. A case for my laptop – still need to clip the strap on.

6. A hank of lace weight silk and wool that I hand spun. Might be a scarf for mom.

7. Another knitted cloche-style hat. Can you tell I like vintage?

8.  ANOTHER cloche-style hat that I designed myself. Pattern is free at Ravelry.

9. A crocheted hair net for the gown I sewed below. Pattern also on Ravelry.

10.  Shot silk gown from 1540 Florence. I based it on this gown.

11.  A small shawl to keep me cozy at work.

12. A workingwoman’s linen jacket from late 16th century Netherlands.

13.  Plain garter rib socks for my adopted niece

You realize a good bit of this was made before I began to be serious about my writing. Only a few things were made after I decided to try to be published.  And my 14th thing I made is my story Sleeping With the Wolf.

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Earlier this week my email was hacked and hijacked. My contact list was sent an email saying that I had been mugged at gunpoint in London and needed money right now to get back home. This hacker then got into my Facebook account and tried to chat with my friends asking for money. I’m incredibly angry about this, especially since my contact list was deleted, and all my saved emails were deleted too, including one I received from my little sister the morning of the day she was killed in a car accident. I’ve been saving that for a while, pulling it up now and then to re-read our plans for the following weekend. Now it’s gone, and it’s almost like having her be taken away all over again.

Here is the email sent from my account:
Hi,

How you doing? I made a trip to London (United Kingdom) unannounced some days back,Unfortunately i got mugged at gun point last night! All cash,Credit card and phone were stolen,i got messed up in another country, stranded in London, fortunately passport was back in our hotel room. It was a bitter experience and i was hurt on my right hand, but would be fine. I am sending you this message because i don’t want anyone to panic,i want you to keep it that way for now.

My return flight leaves in a few hours but I’m having troubles sorting out the hotel bills, wondering if you could loan me some money to sort out the hotel bills and also take a cab to the airport about ($1,800). I have been to the police and embassy here,but they aren’t helping issues,I have limited means of getting out of here,i have canceled my credit cards already and made a police report, I won’t get a new credit card number till I get back home! So I really need your help.You can contact the hotel management through this telephone number +44 702 404 6640 or +44 702 408 6898,you could wire whatever you can spare to my name and location via Western union:

Name: BLACKED OUT FOR SECURITY
Location:57 Liberty Avenue,London
United Kingdom
SW19 2QS .

Get back to me with the details,would def refund your money once i get back you can count on that,below are the details needed for me to pick up the money with my passport.

MTCN:
Amount Sent:

I await your prompt response.
* * * * * * *
So here are 13 Things I’d Like To Say to the Person who hacked my accounts:

1. Learn to write proper English. If you’re pretending to be me, you should know I’m a native born writer of English, and I know how to punctuate.

2. Did you enjoy the chatty emails I sent to the account you switched to be my primary email? I assume you did, since you replied with a taunt about how 4 of my friends had already sent you 7000 usd.

3. You are a liar. None of my friends have that kind of money, and the ones who care enough about me to be willing to send money know I’m not in London.

4. I have a pair of shoes and I’m not afraid to use them. If you are ever caught I will spend every cent I have for the opportunity to kick you in the balls. The spikes on the toes will create a very satisfying experience. For me.

5. You are pitiful and not as smart as you think you are. Americans don’t use “7000 usd”. I’m laughing myself silly at your stupidity.

6. How much money are you actually making doing this? You’ve been in business with this same scam since at least 2009, and probably earlier. I assume it’s been at least somewhat successful or you would have stopped by now. That means you have committed international theft. The punishment is higher for that.

7. You are a thief. I’ve tracked you to Africa. I’ve heard in some places in Africa theives have their hands chopped off. I approve.

8. My surviving sister is a witch. She has cursed you and asked our deceased sister to haunt you. She could be a real bitch in life and I bet you’re going to have a lovely time with her now that she’s dead and has a grudge against you.

9. You told someone your name is Tunde and you want the money to go to college. What a load of crap. You probably think you’re too smart for college. Again, what a load of crap.

10. I believe in justice. Revenge is good too. I’ll settle for laughing at you while you burn in hell.

11. You are building up a ton of bad karma for yourself. Do you get a kick out of imagining people like me scrambling to get their online lives back together? Do you chuckle at the frustration and heart ache you cause? Watch out. You know what they say about payback. And karma always has the last word.

12. You are a coward without the balls to face your victims. Robbing people through the anonymity of the internet takes no courage.

13. I hate you and I hope someday to be able to dance on your grave. Rot, you scamming hijacking hacker scum.

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I am a part of the SCA, an educational not-for-profit organization that recreates the best parts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international group, so chances are good there could be a group near you. The world is divided into Kingdoms, and each kingdom is divided into baronies and shires. I am a member of the Shire of Korsvag in the Kingdom of Northshield. There’s not much that I don’t like about it, but here are 13 things I love about it.

1. Playing dress up. I can wear a beautiful dress from the Italian Renaissance or Viking Age Scandinavia. I have more SCA garb than work clothes.
2. Being a Baroness of the Court. Is it small of me to enjoy wearing a silver and amethyst crown and having people call me “Your Excellency” ? It does wonders for a fragile ego.
3. Knights in Armor. Men in uniform are always hot. Sweaty too.
4. Knights out of Armor. Men out of uniform are hotter.
5. Watching fighting. This is possibly the greatest draw for non-SCAdians.
6. Making good friends. I know people from all over MN, WI, ND, SD, parts of Canada.
7. Learning the crafts of the Middle Ages like spinning, knitting, weaving.
8. Seeing other people’s pretty clothes and wonderful things they’ve made. It’s fun to see a 9th Century Viking warrior standing next to a 16th Century Englishwoman.
9. Learning court dances that are hundreds of years old.
10. Researching costume history. If my character is wearing an Elizabethan gown you can bet I’m pretty accurate in my descriptions, because I’ve sewn it and worn it.
11. Eating High Feast with five removes. Sometimes feasts last for hours. Removes (courses) are served with entertainment in between like singing or dancing or jugglers.
12. Chivalry, courtesy and grace. These are emphasized and held up as a standard in the SCA.
13. Bardic Circles. At night at camping events (and some non-camping events) bards gather around a fire and sing and tell stories, much as would have been done in period. I am not a singer but I am a story teller.

What hobbies do you have that take up a big chunk of your time and budget?

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I love to read. I honestly think reading has helped me survive. Because of reading I never cracked a textbook in my basic history classes in school. But I’m so busy right now. It seems like I just don’t have time to read as much as I’d like to. So I have a growing To Be Read (TBR) pile of books just waiting for me to get to them. I tend to enjoy historical romance, paranormal romance, fantasy and some young adult. Here are some of them (not in any particular order)

1. Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James-unusual setting and time period Resoration England

2. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory-end of the Wars of the Roses/early Tudor England

3. Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa-young adult fantasy

4. Heroes Return by Moira Moore-fantasy

5. Cast in Chaos by Michelle Sagara- fantasy

6. Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt – a more mundane time period, but I like her writing enough to be intrigued.

7. Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley – historical

8. Lone Rider by Lauren Bach

9. The Boyfriend School by Sarah Bird-loved the movie of this made years ago with Steve Guttenberg

10. Ilfayne’s Bane by Julia Knight – fantasy romance

11. Soul Fire by R.F. Long – Fantasy Romance

12. Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon

13. The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey – Fairy Tale fantasy

So what is in your TBR pile today? Not that I’m needing to add anything to my own pile, but I’d hate to miss a great read.

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